Covid-19 tests come back negative on two vessels held off Cape Town

Tests have come back negative for those onboard cruise ship AIDAmira (IMO 9172777) and cargo vessel Corona, (IMO 9169342) which had been held under quarantine off Cape Town’s port limits due to a suspected coronavirus outbreak, the South Africa ports authority said on Thursday March 19th.

Captain Sabelo Mdlalose, acting chief harbour master at Transnet National Ports Authority, said that “this means there have to date been no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in any of our ports but we will remain on high alert after this first scare”.

South Africa held the cruise ship and cargo vessel after a crew member onboard one of the vessels showed signs of coronavirus.

The cargo vessel left Cape Town on March 11th, but the ship’s master contacted port authorities requesting to return on Monday after a crew member started to exhibit symptoms of the virus.

Six passengers on board the cruise ship were quarantined as a precautionary measure for further medical checks, although they did not exhibit any symptoms, Transnet said.

Both vessels have been granted clearance to continue their journeys from Cape Town’s port but it is expected that the cruise ship passengers will be allowed to disembark and fly to their respective countries, Transnet said.

1999-built, Italy-flagged, 48,123 gt AIDAmira is owned and managed Costa Crociere of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, UK Club, and Gard.

1999-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 26,862 gt Corona is owned by Coronado Ventures Corp care of manager AM Nomikos Transworld Maritime Agencies SA of Athens, Greece.